Skateboard decks

When looking for a deck you first need to decide the width you prefer. The width is the most important thing to consider. If you just started skateboarding it’s usually a bit harder to decide what’s right for you. I skated all sorts of decks and found that wider decks provide more stability and a narrow board is more responsive.

An 8.5” is easier to keep your balance on compared to an 8.0”, even more so when you skate transition. Wider decks are less responsive in general when it comes to flips but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to flip an 8.5’.

As for shoe size, some claim it matters and it can make your decision a bit easier. To be fair, I’ve seen people with large feet on small decks and the other way around. Just go with a width that matches your shoe size a bit but don’t make too big of a deal out of it.

It comes down to personal preference, ultimately you’ll learn to skate the board you ride first. If you already have a pair of trucks, the decision is easy. Get a board that fits your trucks!

Shoe size and matching deck width
Shoe size US Shoe size EU Shoe size UK Deck width
US 4 EU 36 UK 3.5 7.5″ – 7.875″
US 4.5 EU 36.5 UK 4 7.5″ – 7.875″
US 5 EU 37.5 UK 4.5 7.625″ – 8″
US 5.5 EU 38 UK 5 7.625″ – 8″
US 6 EU 38.5 UK 5.5 7.75″ – 8″
US 6.5 EU 39 UK 6 7.75″ – 8.125″
US 7 EU 40 UK 6 7.875″ – 8.125″
US 7.5 EU 40.5 UK 6.5 7.875″ – 8.25″
US 8 EU 41 UK 7 8.00″ – 8.25″
US 8.5 EU 42 UK 7.5 8.00″ – 8.25″
US 9 EU 42.5 UK 8 8.00″ – 8.375″
US 9.5 EU 43 UK 8.5 8.00″ – 8.375″
US 10 EU 44 UK 9 8.125″ – 8.5″
US 10.5 EU 44.5 UK 9.5 8.125″ – 8.5″
US 11 EU 45 UK 10 8.25″ – 8.5″
US 11.5 EU 45.5 UK 10.5 8.25″ – 8.625″
US 12 EU 46 UK 11 8.375″ – 8.625″
US 13 EU 47.5 UK 12 8.5″ – 8.625″
US 14 EU 48.5 UK 13 > 8.5″

My personal choice for aggressive street skating

Santa Cruz offers great quality decks with nice graphics at a fair price. Go for an 8.0″ is you want a responsive board. Make sure your trucks match, they also usually don’t come with grip tape.

Vert and bowl decks

santa cruz skateboard deck 8.5"

You’ll need a board that’s a bit wider to give you that extra stability skating verts and bowls. I personally skate and 8.5″ Santa Cruz that and even the fact that the deck is a bit wider, I don’t have any issues popping and flipping this deck. Check out the Screaming Hand Camo Grey if you’re looking for something a bit wider.

Cheap alternatives

ccs complete skateboard
A blank complete

If you don’t really care about fancy prints, consider buying a blank skateboard deck. Usually just as good as any board but a lot cheaper. Put some paint on it or slap some stickers on your deck and you’ll have your own custom design.

Features to look for

As always your board comes down your personal preference, think of the following. If it’s your first board, go for a medium concave and an 8.5″ deck.

  • What is your preferred size?
  • Your personal preferences about concave.
  • Maybe you want to support a certain rider or team.
  • If you like graphics go for it, otherwise a cheaper blank is a great option.